IDS has been awarded a large grant of $499,972 from the Sloan Foundation to expand and diversify pathways from undergraduate to graduate degrees in computer science and engineering by starting a partnership between UMass Amherst and UMass Boston.
Mission & Community
The Sloan Student Fellows Program is a research mentoring program welcoming Black, Latine/Hispanic, and Indigenous (BLI) undergraduate students. These students have been historically marginalized in technology and engineering. All BLI undergraduate students are involved in mentored research experience. Through this program, you will learn about graduate school options and gain leadership skills.
Goals & Take-aways
Students develop leadership skills to thrive in college and launch their post-graduation paths. These include:
- Hands-on exciting research experience
- One-on-one mentoring relationship with faculty and a unique opportunity to learn about graduate school opportunities
- How to apply to research internships and graduate school
- Career advice on what to do after graduation
- Networking opportunities
- Negotiation skills (i.e., the capacity to create value and manage conflicts by addressing all parties’ interests)
- Personal narrative development to guide others to appreciate your value
Below is a list of the 2023-2024 Sloan Faculty Fellows. You will have the opportunity to do hand-on research with one of these individuals and also received guidance and mentorship from them.
Undergraduate students from BLI groups who:
- have declared (or intend to declare) majors in Computer Science (CS) and/or Engineering
- are currently enrolled at UMass Boston or UMass Amherst and,
- have completed two semesters of college with two semesters remaining; relevant experience will also be considered on a case-by-case basis
You will receive a stipend of $5000 for the year during which you’re the Sloan Student Fellow.
(1) Take part in small mentoring groups with 2 faculty in CS or Engineering and learn about post-graduation career options
(2) Commit to a mentored research experience in a faculty member’s lab for 9-12 hours/week for 2 semesters
(3) Participate in a 6-week summer professional development program called The Leadership Academy. It is a live, online professional development program with other students in tech and engineering. It consists of 3 afternoon sessions per week, for 6 weeks. The dates are July 10, 2023 - August 18, 2023. Expect a total time commitment of about 20 hours for the 6-week course.
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